Edgar Hoover was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972.
Top Secret J. Edgar Hoover Facts
- The details of Hoover's birthplace and early life are mysterious. His birth certificate was not filed until 1938 when he was age 43.
- He was the first Director of Bureau of Investigation (predecessor to the FBI) and later Director of the FBI from 1924 until his death in 1972. After his death, the term limit for FBI directors was limited to 10 years.
- Hoover kept secret files on the private lives of many public figures, including the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Richard Nixon.